Clear Creek Canyon Park
- DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
- FACE COVERING required when 6' distance can't be maintained when using the restroom, at the trailhead, and/or when passing others on the trail
- Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trailheads, trails, and climbing crags
- DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
- Keep dogs on leash at ALL times
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies; many of our parks and restrooms lack running water. Sanitize/wash hands after touching public surfaces such as railings, benches, and handles.
- High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use
CLOSED: The dirt parking lot at the Gateway of Clear Creek Canyon Park off U.S. Hwy 6, near the intersection of Hwy 58, and Hwy 93, as well as the parking lot east of Tunnel 1 and the Oxbow area, will be closed until spring 2021 (weather dependent) for construction of the next segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail. For more information please visit our Peaks to Plains project page.
Clear Creek Canyon Park offers unique recreation experiences among its steep canyon walls and fast flowing creek. With the opening of a segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail, bicycles are allowed in the canyon for the first time. Use caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space Regulations.
Peaks to Plains Trail
The current Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon is 3.75 miles of 10’ wide concrete and is ADA accessible. Learn more about the Peaks to Plains Trail.
Peaks to Plains Trail Infographic
Mayhem Gulch Trailhead
32447 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Clear Creek Canyon Cannonball Flats Access
33708 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Clear Creek Canyon Big Easy Trailhead
32088 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Prospecting is prohibited in some areas at the Big Easy Trailhead. See posted signs.
- Digging into or destruction of stable shoreline, banks or existing vegetation is not permitted
- All prospecting holes must be filled in before leaving site
- Dredges and equipment may not be left overnight
- No prospecting within 100 feet of structures including bridges, steps and
fish habitat improvements
- Only dredges with a nozzle diameter of four inches or fewer are permitted
- No dripping or leaking of fuel or oil allowed
If you are accessing Centennial Cone Park at Mayhem Trailhead, please be aware of the alternating use schedule.
On weekends, hike and horseback ride on odd-numbered dates; bike on even-numbered dates. See schedule.
- CLOSED: CO-74 b/t Morrison & Idledale closed for rockfall mitigation weekdays 9/2/2020 - 2/28/2021
- NOTICE: Elk Meadow Park - Fire mitigation work along a segment of Stagecoach Blvd from 7/28-11/30
- CLOSED: South Trailhead at South Valley Park Closed 7/13 - Late Sept for Trailhead Improvements
- CLOSED: Campgrounds Closed. New camping reservations suspended until further notice
- NOTICE: Rangers and S.O. implementing temporary restrictions at parks that are at capacity
- CLOSED: Due to COVID-19 health concerns, Lookout Mtn Nature Center and Hiwan Museum closed
- CLOSED: Weekday closures at Flying J Ranch Park
- CLOSED: Parking lots at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon Park and Tunnel 1 closed for construction